Here at Hines Brines the Winter Artisan Market (SOKONI) has been AMAZING!


Our product is in front of so many more people than we could reach on our own, and the marketing collateral developed for us to use has not only saved me time, but money. I’m so honored to be apart of the market and can’t wait until next year. I know it will be bigger and better for my business.”


S. Hines, Packaged Food Business

Chicago, IL

I feel so honored to be a participant in the Winter Artisan Market (SOKONI) this year! As a local artisan, being a part of this market has given me the opportunity to have my creations presented to a diverse international market, and for that, I am eternally grateful!

C. Mico Ukosone - Owner Accessory Business

Chicago, IL

My experience with Sokoni was nothing short of amazing!


When I tell you that you will fall in love with this pop-up shop is an understatement. From the winter wonderland decor to all the awesome vendors.


Sokoni at Christmas time is a must!!! 

L. Crockett, Beverage Brand

Chicago, IL

Working with SOKONI was a joy! They was accommodating and creative!


I would recommend this for artisans, especially new ones who are looking for inspiration and ideas to move forward with their businesses. 

E. Telesky, Home Decor Brand

Michigan City, IN

Being a part of the SOKONI Holiday Pop-up Shop was a very rewarding experience. My brand was able to reach a new and possibly otherwise, unattainable demographic.

D. Gallardo, Beauty Brand

Chicago, IL

We participated in the SOKONI pop-up and were very pleased! 


First and foremost, 37 Oaks did a great job communicating pop-up details and logistics. The expectations were clear and the move-in and move-out process was very easy. The store was set up beautifully. Also, it was great to have a dedicated store manager for the pop-up. This eliminated the need for each vendor to staff the store, which can be difficult when you have other retail locations or don't live nearby. Also, the SOKONI manager truly knew about every single brand and was able to sell it to customers.  There was comfort in knowing that there was someone in the store that could really sell our products and explain our brand story while we were not there, because this can sometimes be an issue at pop-ups. 


At the end of the pop-up, we were able to look at what was sold, which helped us to refine our in-store inventory.  Overall great experience!

J. Burrell, The Frock Shop

Chicago, IL

37 Oaks did a fantastic job with the Inventory Management and Retail Math Workshops. You truly captured the needs of our diverse group which was no small feat given the wide range of retail interests and experience. 
I also want to thank you for your willingness to accommodate our scheduling needs.  It was a long day but you were engaging and easy to follow. We hope to collaborate with your again soon. 

T. Baker, E.G Woode

Chicago, IL

Terrand Smith was a great asset to the entire project, she understood to perfection what we needed and was able to deliver exceeding all expectations, She applied her vast knowledge in the retail industry to our needs. We will definitely work with her if the chance comes.​

S. Campos, Sun Pyramid Health

Costa Rica

Terrand was great to work with even with very minimal direction and a very tight turnaround timeframe.  We enjoyed working with her and look forward to digging in deeper into some of her recommendations.   Terrand was able to quickly adjust when we provided feedback and hit just the right level of near term solutions as well as ideas to help us think about the future opportunities. 

A. Dean, Pampered Chef

Chicago, IL

Our (Retail Technology) Startup creates solutions to measure in-store engagement and we had troubles positioning our solutions in the wider retail market. Terrand gave practical advice and insights of retail and helped us to figure out the best way to position our product.

Sahan H, Retail Technolgy Startup, Owner

Sri Lanka, South Asia

Terrand had two hours to work on (pricing optimization) my big list of 60 products with 60 colors And 12 sizes. 

She accomplished the task comprehensively and documented the work thoroughly. I was impressed with her work ethics and professionalism.   It probably took her more than two hours but she stuck to my budget. 


I look forward to working with this highly skilled and intelligent Woman. I  recommend her highly. Don't be skeptical of her high rate, the value she brings is far greater.  When it comes to retail pricing look no farther. 

U. Lakshman, Jewelry Ecommerce Owner

Atlanta, GA

Terrand was very helpful in helping us go from idea to putting the business plan on paper. Terrand's service is exceptional and she over-delivered. She helped us think about our business plan and went above-and-beyond.


Terrand forced us to think about things that we would have never thought about, her expertise with retail definitely helped us a lot as she was able to hold our hand throughout the entire process until we felt totally comfortable. We will definitely be doing more more with Terrand for our operational plan next!

J. Floyd, Apparel Retail Owner

Chicago Suburbs, IL

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